Hermanus Travel Guide



This lovely town, on the coastal area of the Overberg, is most well known for its awesome land based whale watching.

Most of Hermanus’ shoreline is rocky cliff, quite high above Walker Bay so it offers fantastic viewpoints from which to observe the huge southern right whales as they come into the bay to mate, calve and just hang out in the (relatively) warm water. (It’s warmer than Antarctica.) A whale crier blows a horn made from kelp and informs locals and tourists alike where the whales are to be found at any given time. The whales usually arrive in late winter – towards the end of June or beginning of July – and stay until autumn, with the last stragglers heading back down south in November, or even December. The town holds a whale festival every year from the end of September to the beginning of October.

There is a fabulous path, most of which is wheelchair-friendly, along the cliff top. As well as the lovely sea views and sightings of whales, there are many pretty and fragrant flowers. It is a wonderful path and it’s generally safe but use your common sense and don’t walk alone on it when there are hardly any other people about. There is also a boat based whale watching operator based in the New Harbour. Other attractions in this lovely town include a wine tasting cellar, a museum, in which you can see many exhibits pertaining to whaling and fishing, and a golf course.

The nearby Hermanus Lagoon is a great place to sail or paddle, and the paragliding is excellent. The diving is great and Hermanus is a popular beach destination, even though there is only one beach. For nature lovers a visit to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a great way to get up close to the dainty montane coastal fynbos which attracts scores of jewel bright sunbirds and elegant sugarbirds which flit about the proteas. There are loads of marked trails for strolls or long walks taking in the extensive views of Walker Bay.

Hermanus is just bursting at the seams with good restaurants, lovely guest houses and characterful hotels.

In and Around

Accommodation near Hermanus

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R2300
1 night, 2 adults

@ Onrus

Sleeps 8 Onrus Self-catering in Onrus

This is a beautiful and modern Greek-style house situated in Onrus, within walking distance to the b...

from R550
1 night, 2 adults

Kure Kure @ Van Haven

Sleeps 7 Sandbaai Self-catering in Sandbaai

Kure Kure @ Van Haven offers self-catering accommodation in Sandbaai, Hermanus. Hermanus and the sur...

from R1000
1 night, 2 adults

Four Pines Lodge

Sleeps 12 Hermanus Self-catering in Hermanus

Four Pines Lodge is situated in Kwaaiwater, Hermanus, just a short stroll from the famous cliff path...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

277 Hermanus Beach Club

Sleeps 4 Eastcliff Self-catering in Eastcliff

277 Hermanus Beach Club is a self-catering apartment located in the Hermanus Beach Club Resort. The ...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Fernkloof Lodge

Sleeps 8 Fernkloof Self-catering in Fernkloof

Fernkloof Lodge offers an artistically and elegantly decorated home with an eclectic combination of ...

from R2379
1 night, 2 adults

Whale Coast Hotel

Sleeps 64 Hermanus Hotel in Hermanus

The Whale Coast Hotel offers a unique accommodation experience in elegantly styled self-catering apa...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

78on5th in Hermanus

Sleeps 14 Voelklip Self-catering in Voelklip

78on5th is owned and run by Jose and Ton and offer private, quiet accommodation off the main road, w...

from R2500
1 night, 2 adults

Lagoon View

Sleeps 7 Hermanus Self-catering in Hermanus

Lagoon View is a luxurious three-bedroom house situated in a private estate between Hermanus and Sta...

from R2160
1 night, 2 adults

Bijou Hermanus

Sleeps 6 Voelklip Self-catering in Voelklip

Guests hoping for a relaxing coastal escape will not be disappointed when choosing to stay at Bijou ...

from R430
1 night, 2 adults

Fisherhaven Traveller's Lodge

Sleeps 19 Fisherhaven Lodge in Fisherhaven

Fisherhaven Traveller's Lodge is a 4 Star graded establishment offering a variety of affordable acco...